12,000 Poles Down

The storm spread a path of destruction through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. In two Bootheel counties alone, the ice toppled 12,000 telephone poles.

SOS

See this and you know you’re headed into hell. From a dozen states a bucket truck convoy as far as the eye could see.

Nature Rocks the Bootheel

Seven years ago this weekend the Ice Storm of 2009 rolled across northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, thick as Dusty’s beard.

Hell, Freeze Us Over

I’m not superstitious. Good thing. Behind a curtain of clouds, the full moon ushers in Friday the 13th, a day forecasters predict will seal the middle of Missouri in up to an inch of ice. What could go wrong? Erifnus … Read More

Blue Spring Branch

Many floaters along the Current River pass by this tributary, never realizing it is there. Blue Spring doesn’t mind.

Looney Creek

It’s now a sanctuary for animals, this old church at Looney Creek Cemetery. Erifnus doesn’t mind. Buried here, my great great grandfather was shot by a Union firing squad, along with nine other young men, in a terrifying event that … Read More